We are launching a national campaign during National Epilepsy Week, which aims to highlight the dangers of having a seizure and encourage the general public to learn basic first aid tips to help people with epilepsy.
Our #TalkEpilepsy campaign is designed to get people to talk about epilepsy and dispel some of the myths and misinformation that is still out there.
A landing page on our website provides people with vital first aid information. It will also tell people what to do and what not to do when someone is having a seizure.
We want to encourage people to make it their business to learn about epilepsy. Also, how to spot a seizure, keep someone safe and potentially save someone’s life.
The first phase of our campaign will raise awareness and encourage members of the public to visit our website to learn basic first aid tips for seizures.
Meanwhile, the second phase will focus on the dangers of having a seizure and to let people know that they can contact Epilepsy Scotland’s freephone Helpline.
There will be in carriage posters on the Subway in Glasgow, Scotrail trains, Edinburgh Trams and digital escalator panels on the Glasgow Subway throughout May.
Also, we will have a 48-inch digital advert, which will be screened in Market Street, Aberdeen.
We are also encouraging people who have epilepsy to share their experiences.
This will further show the different aspects of someone living with epilepsy and how it is more than just seizures.
Did you know that you can’t physically swallow your tongue during a seizure?
Do you know that there are many types of seizures, not all of them are instantly recognisable?
Would you know what to do if someone living with epilepsy had a seizure?
With around 55,000 people living with epilepsy it is important to know basic first aid so you can help keep someone safe and potentially save their life.
We have come up with a helpful way of what to do when someone is having a seizure.
T – time the seizure.
A – are airways clear
L – lead to safety
K – keep calm.
For first aid information and to learn more about our campaign go to www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk/letstalk
We have also launched a new text donate process. Text LETSTALK to 70085 to donate £3 towards our work across Scotland.